Archive for October, 2007

Texas Parks and Wildlife article on Lake Fork

October 26, 2007


Media Contact: Larry Hodge, (903) 670-2255

Experts Say Future Looks Bright for Lake Fork

Fisheries Biologists, Reservoir Manager Say Lake Is in Great Shape

ATHENS, Texas—Lake Fork got rave reviews from everyone involved in its management at a meeting at A.J.’s Fish House October 23.

The annual meeting, sponsored by the Lake Fork Sportsman’s Association, the Lake Fork Area Chamber of Commerce and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, included presentations on the state of the fishery, the future of water supplies in the lake and a preview of the 2008 Toyota Texas Bass Classic, which will return to Lake Fork next April.

A crowd of about 50 was visibly pleased with the presentation by Danny Choate, the Sabine River Authority’s regional manager in charge of the lake. Choate noted that the lake is the highest it has ever been in October and clarified misconceptions about the impact of planned withdrawals of water from the reservoir by the city of Dallas beginning in 2009.

“The amount of water Dallas can pump in a calendar year is 131,860 acre-feet, which would lower the lake level approximately 5 feet if there were no inflow from rainfall during the year,” he said. “That is less than the amount lost annually to evaporation, which is about 6.5 feet.” Choate stated that if the area receives its average annual rainfall of 44 inches, the impact on the lake level obviously would not be as severe.

In response to a question from the audience regarding a rumor that just filling the pipeline between Lake Fork and Lake Tawakoni would drop the lake level by 5 feet, Choate noted that most of the pipeline has already been filled and pressure tested with water from Lake Tawakoni.

“We are very aware of the value of this lake not only to this community but to the nation as the best bass fishing lake in the country, and we intend to do all we can to maintain it,” Choate said.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department fisheries biologists gave a state of the lake report that noted that the largemouth bass fishery in the lake remains by far the best in the nation. TPWD monitors the lake constantly, and its surveys show that the catch rate of largemouth bass weighing 7 pounds and more has remained steady for the past several years. Biologists expect good reproduction and growth with the high water levels, which should keep fishing at or above its present level for some time.

TPWD biologists also presented information on how to recognize both native and invasive exotic aquatic plants and asked everyone’s help in keeping plants such as water hyacinth and giant salvinia from becoming a problem on Lake Fork. “Report any suspected infestations to me, and we will check it out immediately,” said Howard Elder of Jasper, TPWD’s aquatic vegetation biologist.

Also speaking at the meeting was Lenny Francoeur of Rogers, Arkansas, an event manager for Octagon Worldwide, Inc., which handled the Toyota Texas Bass Classic held at Lake Fork in April. Francoeur stated that he would like to see the event remain at Lake Fork rather than move to other locations in Texas, but that community involvement and support for the tournament would be the key to making that happen.

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10-24-07 Lake Fork Fishing Report from Guide Jimmy Everett

October 25, 2007

The cool weather is finally here. AAAAAHHHHH. Its about time. The wind has been high the last few days which has made getting to some spots tough but we have still been able to boat some good numbers and size fish.

For the shallow water anglers try staying around the mid creek area to the back of the creeks. The big key will be finding the grass and shad which should not be a problem. My go to bait will be a 1/8 ounce texas rig with a number of soft plastics. My main baits will be a Gary Yamamoto Swim Senko, a Gary Yamamoto Lizard, or a Net bait baby paca craw. My best colors will be the greens, browns, and pumpkins with chart. dyed tails. I will fish these with a quick retrieve over the top of grass beds located in 2 to 6 feet of water. This will be a great search tool to find those active fish in certain areas of the grass. Some good baits to catch a few extra fish in the grass will be a Gary Yamamoto Senko or Kut Tail worm. I will fish both of these texas rigged with no weight or wacky style with a small insert weight inserted into the worm. I will fish these bait’s a little slower in the same areas to pick up fish behind the fast moving plastics I was throwing first. I will stick with the same colors for good results. Also keep a lipless crank bait tied on for a good reaction bite. Good colors will be chrome/blue, red/orange, and chartreuse. Run these over the top of the grass and use the ripping method when hitting the grass to trigger some great bites.
For those looking to catch the fish of a lifetime now is the time to break out those Strike Work Tackle Wood Jigs and work the edges of the creek channels located in 2 to 14 feet of water. My best size is a ½ ounce in the colors of blue bruiser or watermelon/red with a matching Gary Yamamoto Craw. Flip and pitch your way up and down the creeks working every piece of cover very good for some great toad catching action.

For that deep water action tie up a Carolina rig, a drop shot, a swim bait, and a 6 inch spoon for some good action. Turn on your graph and start graphing those deep water humps, points, ridges, and roadbeds in 20 to 35 feet of water. Look for the bass, barfish, and or shad grouped up in small areas. Once these are located this is the time to break out the tackle. For the fish near the bottom or on the bottom pick up the rig or the drop shot. My best baits for the rig will be a Zoom Super Fluke or a Gary Yamamoto Lizard and once again in the green, browns, and pumpkins with chartreuse dyed tails. Work these baits slowly along the bottom with short pauses for most of your bites. The fish are mainly feeding when found like this so the bites tend to be easy to feel. If the fish you find on your graph seem to be bunched up off the bottom, such as suspended fish, try throwing the swim baits or spoon in a shad or chrome patter through the middle of the school. The best methods I have found are the count down or a cast past the fish and try to bring it through them.

I Still have October 31st open and November 2, 5, 14, 15, 21, 23,24, 26-30open for those wanting to get out on the water for some excellent fall fishing here on Lake Fork. I also have gift certificates available for all occasions. If you have any questions or would like to book a trip give me a call at 903-216-1867 and I will be happy to help you out.

Good luck on the water and be safe,
Guide Jimmy Everett

October Lake Fork Report by Clint Wright

October 24, 2007

Lake Fork Report: 15Oct2007
Lake Level: Full
Water Clarity: Clear to stained (main lake)
Water temp: 76-78
Weather: Today, high in the low 70’s with scattered thunderstorms. The next 10 days are calling for highs in the low to mid 80’s with a chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday.
News: The Berkley tournament was held this past weekend here on Lake Fork. Just as last year the Bass Champs team did a great job. Lots of nice fish were caught by competitors to include Sam Trincas’ 9.72, winning him a new Skeeter boat. I was blessed with a $600.00 first place and a $150.00 fifth place check. My father too was blessed with a $400.00 check. Budweiser Share-a-lunker program season has started, awaiting its first entry.

Fishing Report

What a great time we have had the last two weeks. I have had to give my recent clients the option of catching lots of smaller fish or a few large ones. The last 10 days most of our fish catches have been around 20-30 per day. It seems the 4lb. and under class fish are all over the grass, while the 5lb. and over class fish are on a deep-water pattern. Not saying this always holds up as we have been catching lots of 1-3 lb. fish on topwater when an 8lb+ fish comes to eat out of nowhere. But, over all it is one or the other.
The grass pattern is the most dependable for me right now. We are taking the Sebile Flat Shad and burning this bait over the grass first thing in the morning. The Splasher 90 and 72 has gotten bit as well over the grass, especially on a calm morning.
After the sun comes up focus on the outer edges of the grass in 7-15 foot of water. Here I would use the Flat Shad and a Texas Rigged Sweet beaver.
If a big bite is what you are looking for, fish anywhere from 17-35 foot of water. I had a fish hooked up on Thursday that was without a doubt share-a-lunker class. She made my 12.08 last year look small. Unfortunately she came off after a long fight and a head-shaking jump. This fish fell to the Double Wide beaver, Texas Rigged on a creek channel bend. Also, out deep check your spots with a Carolina rigged Big Unit.
Keep an eye out for schooling bass during the day and the best bait to catch them with is the Splasher 72 worked very fast over their heads.
The temperatures are perfect for a day on Lake Fork, not too hot and not too cold. But, starting next month I will be offering my trips to Lake Monticello and Lake Welsh. These two fine lakes often produce 40-60 fish per day for my clients. This is always a fun trip for everyone.
I would like to invite you out to Lake Fork, Lake Monticello or Lake Welsh on a professional guided fishing trip. With the trees turning fall colors and the weather right, there is not a better time to go fishing.

I still have open dates in October and November for everyone; feel free to contact me anytime on what these dates are. Now is the time to start booking your spring trips with me so I can ensure availability.
Thanks to my sponsors Gotcha Distributing, Reaction Innovations, Revenge Jigs, Sebile, Sunline, Arkie, Moby bass rods and Oak Ridge Marina. I must also thank the Texas Parks and Wildlife for their efforts in keeping this lake great.

Feel free to contact me anytime via email or by phone 903-918-9469 if you ever have any questions about Lake Fork or to book your next guided fishing trip on this fine fishery.

Until next time, Thanks for reading and I hope this information helps you on your next day on the lake.

Guide Clint Wright
Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service

Guide Lance Vick Lake Fork Fishing Report October 23, 2007

October 24, 2007

Lance Vick 13.05


October is almost gone; so far the fishing has been awesome like the rest of the year.  This year has been so constantly good very good, and now we are going into the best time of the fall bite. Lake Fork bass are feeding up for the winter and they want to be fat because they are eating all day it seems.

The shallow fish are biting on spinnerbaits and top waters early and late.  Grass fish seem catchable all day, while the deep fish are “on” when the sun is up (10 to 5.)

We’re catching fish early on Frank Johnson’s ½ oz spinner bait white and chartreuse with a Colorado and willow leaf blade, above the hydrilla in water from 1 to 6 foot deep.

Spinnerbaits are working better if the wind is blowing; while Topwaters have been working if the wind is calm.  I have been doing best with the Zoom Horney Toad in green pumpkin with the legs dyed chartreuse.

When that bite is over we are hitting and couple of worm holes in water 7 to 12ft depth, mostly the end of grass points.  There are some big ones in the grass. Be ready for a monster!

Bite around the grass, not all the big fish move to off shore structure in the fall. We are using 17lb and 20lb Vanish Fluorocarbon for the heavy duty work .Rig your worm rod up with a ¼ oz weight 3/0 hook and an eight inch worm and work the edges of the grass and drop offs for a bite. Blue Fleck and Tequila sunrise have been productive colors.

Now that the shallow stuff is covered let’s get to the real meat of the fall bite!

Yes you guessed it, the deep bite.  I learned most my deep fishing knowledge from bass fishing greats such as Mark Pack, Richard McCarty and Ronnie Byrd. Following in their footsteps and improving as the lake grows older and as new lures hit the market.  I have been on the leading edge of the deep bite for years. The large schools of shad and yellow bass attract the top of the food chain

On Lake Fork, MONSTER BASS……….

Finding the food source, Shad and yellow bass is the first step to finding trophy bass.  Start your search on road beds, deep points, and humps don’t stop your boat until you have found baitfish and or bass on top of the piece of structure you are looking at.  When you do drive past the baitfish or bass and drop a buoy so you can stay with the fish, now load up a rod with 17lb fluorocarbon and a Frank Johnson ½ spoons.  This is first choice for fall fish, throw over the school of fish and let sink all the way to the bottom then hop up and let the lure fall on slack line this is when you’ll get the bite.  During this time of the year you can catch fish on the bottom at 25ft deep and catch them on the surface in the same spot 5 minutes later that’s what makes fall fishing so fun.

Another lure that works well for both the fish on the bottom and for the fish that are schooling on the surface is The Storm swim bait in the 4 or 6 inch size, I have found the best color the be the shad color. If I am throwing the spoon on the bottom and the fish school on the surface I will have this lure ready and throw right at them and reel like a rattle trap. Let’em load up on it before you set the hook.

 The fall action is hot right now; call now to feed some hungry bass.



Lance Vick

Ray Vereen Lake Fork Report October 18, 2007

October 18, 2007

Date:   10/18/07  Lake Fork Conditions Surface Temperature: 75 – 79. Water Level: 403.02 feet with a normal level of 403 feet.Water Clarity: normal    

 Have you been waiting for the water to cool down and the fall bite to start? Well, you might be a little late, but this can be changed by making your way to Lake Fork before it is too late. The fall bite should be great this year based on the water level, the healthy grass beds around a lot of the lake and of course the current bite. One can find bass in the shallow, mid and deep waters of Lake Fork. It all depends on what type of fishing is preferred. The great thing is that nice fish can be caught with any cast. Favorite top water baits can be used to get a bite first thing in the morning and end of the day. If it is cloudy, try them throughout the day. Weedless rubber frogs, buzz baits, and popper baits are great ways to find top water action this time of year. Find grass beds that taper out into deeper water to get more bites. The grass beds which are more like walls with little taper are not producing as many bites. When the top water action stops try fishing the same area with a little deeper water presentation or the next available cover like tree lines with sub-surface baits and rigs. Weighted wacky rigged worms and flukes fished slowly, or slow rolled spinner baits and crank baits (lipped, or lipless) will catch a few more. If one likes to fish the mid range structure in 5 to 20 feet of water slowly, a jig and trailer, a Texas rigged worm, a Carolina rigged bait, or a “shaky” head worm have produced some bigger fish. If deep water structure fishing is one’s pattern of choice, bass can be caught a number of ways during the fall bite. Drop shot rigs, ¾ or 1 oz. jigging spoons, 4” swim baits, and ¾ oz tail spinners all caught fish this week. The white and yellow bass, and bait fish schools have moved onto main lake road beds and humps, and will have black bass with them. Talk about some really fun fishing for everyone. Yellow and white bass also make for a tasty meal and are the only target fish for some folks. I would like to see everyone fishing for the white bass. Catch them and take them home based on current regulations. What would really be nice is if the Texas Parks and Wildlife would change the current regulations for white bass to be the same as yellow bass – no size limit and no limit on number of fish kept. Let’s call it population control. Crappie are also close to these schools of bait fish. Hint hint – the crappie are biting for the avid crappie angler. More and more of the 10”+ crappie are being caught. Minnows are getting bit and ¼ oz Crappie Buster jigs are producing some nice crappie in 18 – 25 feet of water. What more can I say? The fall is starting out to be great here on Lake Fork. Anglers of all species can enjoy a great day of fishing. 

Lures that caught most of our fish this week:           

Japanese Shad Yellow Magic           

Small white spinner baits             

Carolina rigged watermelon candy baby ring fry           

¼ oz “giggy” head with watermelon/candy twitch worm

Merthiolate twitch worm rigged on a drop shot¾ to 1 ½ oz jigging and casting spoons           

Watermelon Zoom Super Fluke with a 1/8 oz Mustad swim hook           

Wacky rigged Cinnamon/Raisin Zoom Trick worm            

Cinnamon/Blue Crappie Buster jig            

 I say this again, fall fishing at Lake Fork has started October and November have always been great months to fish Lake Fork, so come on out and enjoy a great day of fishing whether it is for anykind bass or crappie. I hope the above information will help you catch more and bigger fish on Lake Fork, and let me know if there is anything I can do to assist.  Well, the fish are biting-got to go.Until next week remember,Don’t catch ‘m all, let ‘m go, and let ‘m grow. 

I can be reached at the following numbers or email. Questions and comments are welcomed. 877-347-4668 (toll free)903-473-9528 (office)

God bless those who are in need,


Tom Redington Lake Fork Report October 18, 2007

October 18, 2007

After a much warmer than average fall, a big rain and cooler nights seem to have the bass on Lake Fork shifting to more of a fall pattern. Until a couple days ago, water temps were staying in the low to mid-80s. Contrast that to this time last year, when water temps were running 68 to 72 degrees. In the last few days I’ve noticed a distinct shift in bass position in deep water from summertime structure to my favorite traditional fall deep structure locations, with tons of shad and yellow bass showing up in those locations as well. At the same time, I’m finding a lot of shad starting to move into shallows, so I expect the back of creek pattern to pick up shortly as well. For the past 3 weeks, my customers and I have enjoyed excellent action most days for numbers of keeper sized bass shallow early and then all day out deep. While some good fish were mixed in, most of our bass were under 3 lbs, with some 5s and the occasional 7 pounder being the exception instead of the rule, with catches between 40 and 60 bass some days. As much fun as the action is, I’m more of a trophy hunter and am looking forward to getting into the lunkers again. With the water finally cooling, expect the bigger bass to become more prevalent both shallow and deep, while good numbers of keepers should continue through November. The fall is typically our best numbers time of the year, so it’s an excellent time to get a child or a non-fishing buddy hooked on bass fishing.

Lake Conditions: Fork is exactly at full pool right now after a 2+” rain on Monday, currently reading 403.00’ above sea level and dropping very slowly. The lake is full of aquatic vegetation, with an inside grassline at about 6’ and a deep weedline anywhere from 8’ to about 15’. The main lake is slightly stained, while the creeks are ranging from clear to stained. Water temps cooled 5 to 10 degrees recently, reading from 74 to77 in the main lake yesterday (Wednesday).

Location Pattern: The best pattern for numbers of fish continues to be fishing shallow grassbeds on the main lake and in the first half of major creeks. Early and late and all day on cloudy and windy days are the best times. I’m focusing on shoreline grass, openings in clumps of grass, and the inside weedline. When the sun gets up, concentrate on the deep weed edge in 8’ to 15’. Key on points, inside turns, and along ledges and you’re likely to find more fish. Most of the shallow fish have been in groups, so you’ll fish for a while without getting a bite, then catch several in a small area. I’m also catching some bass back in the coves along creek channel bends but this pattern hasn’t really picked up yet like it will as the water cools. For bigger bass, concentrate on main lake structure in 15’ to 35’. I’ve found a number of good schools this past week that were relating to the bottom and easy to catch once you found them with your graph. Other days, the bass are more suspended and a little tougher to catch.

Presentation Pattern: As fall approaches, bass will start keying on shad and most of my lure choices and colors will reflect that preference. Shades of white or chrome are always good choices in the fall on Fork. In the shallows, topwaters have been hot some days, with poppers and black buzzbaits leading the way. Other days, lipless crankbaits and shallow running crankbaits have worked better. When the bass aren’t in a chasing mood, I’m switching to a Texas rigged watermelon/red or watermelon candy 8” Fork Worm, Twitch Worm, or Baby Fork Creature with an 1/8th oz bullet sinker and working it over the tops of grass and along the edges. In addition, Magic Shads and Live Magic Shads in watermelon/red worked weightless over the grass beds are catching some big fish and good numbers, as well. For bigger fish, a 3/8 oz watermelon red Mega Weight jig with a matching Fork Craw trailer is producing well when pitched to the deep weed edge. Out deep, Twitch Worms in shades of watermelon are working well on drop shots, as are Carolina rigged Baby Ring Frys, when bass are located on the bottom. Both of these techniques will produce numbers of bass as well as big fish. For the suspended bass, I’ve had some excellent days recently on Lake Fork Tackle’s new big Fork Flutter Spoon in the Yellow Bass color. The dying shad action of this big bait while it flutters is irresistible to the bass and it was the only bait we threw on several days this month and most of September. Big fluttering spoons have been the secret bait of Fork guides for the past 3 years and now the secret’s out, so try them out on Fork or your home lake while they’re hot!

More information on fall fishing patterns is available in my two most recent articles on shallow and deep fall fishing:

My 2007 Ranger Z21 boat is now for sale. I picked it up in late October of last year and it is fully loaded, rigged with a 250 HP Yamaha with a 5 year warranty. It’s value priced and will save you about $10,000 off the cost of a new boat. For more details and pics of the boat, please check my website ( or drop me a note.

Lake Baccarac Update: Fishing is off to a very fast start for the 2007-2008 season at Baccarac. I’ve updated the fishing reports on my website and they are staggering. In the past few days, one group of 6 anglers had 23 bass over 10 lbs in 4 days. Another angler at the lodge caught 6 over 10 pounds in one day!! All Mexico lakes go through boom and bust cycles and Baccarac is certainly peaking right now. There are still a few openings left for this coming season, but the remaining dates are booking very quickly. Anyone interested in fishing Baccarac this winter or spring should finalize their plans soon, as the lodge only holds 24 anglers and many of the premium dates are already booked solid. For more info on a trip to Baccarac, please check out my website: .

Here’s hoping you catch the lunker of your dreams. If I can be of assistance, please contact me at 214-683-9572 (days) or 972-635-6027 (evenings) or e-mail me through , where your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Good Fishing,


Guide Ray Vereen Lake Fork Berkley Tournament Recommendations

October 11, 2007

Ray Vereen recommends 7″ (unders) and 10″ (overs) blue fleck power worms Texas rigged and the 3″ WHITE swim shad for dropshot if you are going after under the slot fish.

Ray and his partner dominate local tournaments that he eligible to fish, so his advice is from a tournament perspective of going for unders.

Ray Vereen

Toll Free: 877-347-4668

Guide John Tanner Lake Fork Berkley Tournament tips

October 11, 2007

Guide John Tanner suggests a 7″ Turtleback Worm in Junebug Texas rigged up shallow and a 4″ Sabertail in pumpkin/chart for deep carolina rig.

Unfortunately he picked 2 baits I am in low supply of here in the store, so if you got’em you better bring them with you.

A big thank you from Lake Fork Marina to John Tanner for being honest in his fishing tips and always helping out our customers when they are struggling to find fish.

His site and information can be found here:

John Tanner


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Give An’ Get

October 9, 2007

Just wanted to pop in and give a special thanks to all the anglers who’ve allowed us to share their fishing reports. It’s important for all of us to remember that these reports are without question some of the finest fishing reports you can find in the community.

Please take a moment to visit their personal sites and their sponsors.These anglers all work very hard to teach the community about the world’s greatest sport and this site would not exist without their willingness to share their knowledge

We hope more anglers can stop by and contribute to the site.

  1. James Caldemeyer
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  3. John Tanner
  4. Chris Sinkey
  5. Tom Redington
  6. Jimmy Everett
  7. Bill Tullos

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Lake Fork 20″ Crappie!!!

October 5, 2007


Bill Tullos caught an absolute beast today, 20″ long, 3lb+!  If this fish had had a girth it would have been a new state record for sure!  Fish was released alive-